Victoria Thompson – Qualifications :
Diploma in Creative Supervision completing in 2021
MA Dance Movement Psychotherapy 2009
Post Grad Certificate : Child development / Trauma and Neglect / Arts therapies 2005
ITEC Anatomy, Physiology and Massage 2002
3 Yr Certificate in Contemporary Dance : London Contemporary Dance School 1993
Registered as a Private Practitioner with Association of Dance Movement Psychotherapy ( www.admp.org.uk ) and currently serve on the ADMP Professional Development Committee. I hold an enhanced certificate to work with vulnerable children and adults from the Disclosure and Barring Service. I am registered with the Information Commissioners Office regarding GDPR and Data protection. Insured with PPS and in regular clinical Supervision. Currently completing my accreditation with UK Council of Psychotherapists ( www.psychotherapy.org.uk ) and completing a Diploma in Creative Supervision.
Following a professional dance training I went on to work in arts education at the South Bank Centre and teaching dance in the community, working with people of all ages and abilities. In 2003 I created a movement program for Sure Start for under 5’s and their parents to move and dance together. I was fascinated by observing these expressive and impulsive little people, as they jumped for joy, stamped their feet in defiance, or crawled into hiding places to hide their upset and shame from parents and carers. This lead to working in hospitals and hospices as a “Dance in Health” artist, supporting children and families recovering from traumatic injuries and facing life limiting conditions to play, create and express themselves.
Simultaneously my own movement practice took me into the realm of somatic movement with Skinner Releasing Technique and Body Mind Centering cultivating my kinaesthetic sense and somatic awareness. Perceiving the power of this subtle form of awareness lead me to train in Dance Movement Psychotherapy.